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TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — Understanding and working with five types of PR peeps

In the interest of facilitating a better representation of what PR peeps should – and should not – be, PR Newser and mediabistro.com recently identified personality types of public relations practitioners. Here are the Top 5 types – and best practices – in working with us spin docs to build your brand. 1. The Misplaced. […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Reading life leads to writing life for Pat Conroy

by Published: October 9,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, Pat Conroy

It’s always interesting to learn what writers read and what books have influenced them the most. It’s impossible to be a writer and not read. In Pat Conroy’s case he started reading voraciously at a young age. We all read for a variety of reasons. For this outstanding American writer there were multiple reasons to […] [...]

WRESTLING SUCCESS — Ted DiBiase Jr. leaves ring to become entrepreneur

As regular readers of this column know, I enjoy finding outstanding leaders on the rise in Mississippi and sharing their stories. This week I was able to catch up with Ted DiBiase Jr., who is fast becoming one of Mississippi’s entrepreneurial success stories. If his name is familiar to you, it is likely that you […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: Who matters most to the small business owner?

by Published: October 9,2014

Tags: Business, column, Mississippi, Phil Hardwick, small business

The small business owner must serve four masters. They are the customer, the employee, the product or service and the owner himself or herself? Each is important, but is there one more important than the others?  The four perspectives about each are presented for discussion before revealing that there is evidence that suggests one provides […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: Big money, college football and your vote

Apparently there are some kind of national elections coming up in a month. Really. It’s true. They call them the “mid-term” elections. With everything going on at home and abroad, it’s shaping up to be a pretty important one for the future of our state and nation. However, save for a few dedicated souls and […] [...]

TODD SMITH — 5 hottest Twitter innovations from big brands

Big name brands are testing myriad interactions on Twitter these days to stand out. While some marketers are bulking up their tweets with buttons to drive sales, some of the most interesting uses aren’t about social media at all. Instead, brands such as Mountain Dew, Specialized bikes and Evian enlist Twitter in conjunction with traditional […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Buckle up for a wild ride in the Jackson drug scene

by Published: October 2,2014

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi

Fasten your seatbelt before delving into Philip Shirley’s second work of fiction, The White Lie. It’s a crime thriller that quickly pulls the reader in for a wild ride. Drug lords in Jackson, Mississippi? Innocent citizens who get pulled into this web of intrigue? That and more are woven into this tight, fast-paced story. The […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Michelle Phillips grows into role as senior executive at BHN

by Published: October 2,2014

Tags: Bladder Health Network, Business, column, Mississippi

I  have noticed that there is a certain drive that motivates great leaders to try harder, reach further, and persist in the face of challenges. Famed football coach Lou Holtz once said, “Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.” We all have challenges in life. […] [...]

OUR VIEW: Why no introspection on causes of HUD trouble over Farish St.?

by Published: October 2,2014

Tags: Business, David Watkins, editorial, Farish Street, HUD, Mississippi, opinion

Raise your hand if you are surprised by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s conclusion that redevelopment of downtown’s Farish Street has been the least of Jackson City Hall’s concerns the last decade and a half. Seeing no hands, let us proceed. Cause-and-effect is a good place to start. Remarkable indifference, professional carelessness […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: Dennis Lockhart gives reason for optimism, with a couple of caveats

by Published: October 2,2014

Tags: Business, Federal Reserve, Mississippi

R ecently, we had the opportunity to meet with Dennis Lockhart, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and one of the influential policy makers in terms of fiscal policy.  Dennis took office in the sprint of 2007, and had just enough time to get settled in the job before […] [...]

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